Is magnet a verb or a noun?

It may sound silly for someone to ask whether magnet is a noun or a verb. Of course, that would be to someone who knows the word well. Many people use this word without really knowing whether it is a noun or a verb; or whether it can be used both as a noun and a verb.

There are many words in the English language that can be used both as a noun and a verb. To the best of my knowledge, magnet is not one of them. But I used take it to be a verb; and hence, would talk of how something or someone magnets another. Now, I know this is not correct.

Magnet is a noun that refers to a piece of iron that has the capacity to attract another to itself. However, since language is dynamic, no one can rule out the possibility of finding very good writers who have used magnet as a verb and it will it is accepted as good writing.

What is your take on this? Did you know that magnet is not a verb but a noun?




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  1. I’ve only used magnet as a noun. Never heard of it used as a verb, but as you say, words do go through transformations over time. True, if a well-respected writer suddenly changes it to a verb then it sticks (no pun intended). Or perhaps it will be used as a verb in an advertisement someday. They have a powerful influence, as well.

    Some people interested in linguistics are purists, but I happen to think change is exciting. When I think of words that are verbs that would mean what a so-called verb form of magnet would mean they kind of come up short. So, why not make magnet a verb?


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